||Thumb, General Tom
General Tom Thumb
(Stage name) ,
Stratton, Charles Sherwood
|Country(ies) of Residence
||July 15, 1883
||1842 - 1883
|Performing Art Group Affiliations
||Barnum's American Museum sideshow performers, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
||Barnum's American Museum (New York)
P. T. Barnum; America’s Greatest Showman, an Illustrated Biography.
||Discovered by P. T. Barnum at age 4, and stage-named after a fairy tale hero, this midget was a natural performer and comedian. Thumb quickly learned how to dance, sing, and act, and enjoyed delighting a crowd with his antics. He was highly successful and became very wealthy. In 1863, he married Lavinia Warren Bump, another of Barnum's midget performers.